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In this competition, brave souls present timed talks on a set of never-before-seen slides. Contestants are expected to weave their comments around the projected images, and string the talk on a theme announced on the spot. Impromptu nonsense is guaranteed, and you’ll be amazed, and amused, by the creativity of contestants.

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Scholarly Forum: Contributed Papers

The Texas Library Association (TLA) 2021 Conference Program Committee is seeking submissions from TLA members to present their current research. Contributed Paper sessions provide a forum for TLA members to present at the 2021 Annual Conference and publish their research in the Texas Library Journal.

The submission deadline has passed.  Abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified by mid-February 2021.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to register for the spring 2021 TLA Conference. Completed papers should be 1,000-5,000 words (not including visual aids) and will be due April 15, 2021, the week before conference. You will be expected to give a 15-minute presentation based on your paper.

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For TLA 2021, we have re-evaluated and re-imagined the poster session and turned it into something exciting and actionable. Ideas2Go will feature short, prerecorded lightning talks (elevator pitches) centered on an actionable idea, with takeaway materials created to assist the attendees in its implementation! Each idea will fall under a larger theme, and every theme will feature a designated time for a live chat featuring the idea presenters and anyone else interested in or passionate about the featured theme.

Themes include Summer Reading, Fandom, Diversity & Inclusion, Atypical Collections, Mental Health, and STEAM.

If you have an actionable idea (program, process, method of doing things, etc.) in any of these areas, we’d love to hear from you!

The deadline to apply is January 22.

Submit Your Idea

Those selected to present will be notified by February 1 and presentations must be submitted by February 26.

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